Live-Shandong Taishan vs. Changchun Yatai – Match preview, lineups, and news

Live-Shandong Taishan vs. Changchun Yatai

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Score Predictions
After three games, Shandong is one point ahead of their competition.

While the season started with a win against Zhejiang Professional, Shandong’s first road game of the year ended in a crushing 4-1 loss to Henan Songshan Longmen.

But they bounced back well after Marouane Fellaini scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Guangzhou City for their first road win of the year.

The two wins for Shandong this season have coincided with two clean sheets, and they’ll be looking for another one on Thursday.

The fact that the hosts have won their last three home games against Changchun is also encouraging.

Meanwhile, Changchun are one spot behind their hosts despite an undefeated start of three games.

Changchun got off to a great start to the season, defeating Guangzhou City 4-1 on opening day thanks in large part to a hat trick from Tan Long.

Despite not winning again, Chen Yang’s squad has yet to taste defeat this year thanks to a string of draws.

After Shang Yin scored first, Erik scored in the second half to force a 1-1 draw against Dalian Pro on Sunday.

Changchun will be searching for their first road win of the season after having only one victory so far this year, which came in their own stadium.

 

Team News Shandong Taishan may make several adjustments to the starting lineup that played against Guangzhou City on Sunday, with Liao Lisheng and Liu Yang likely to reclaim their starting positions after being substituted in at halftime.

Fellaini is expected to start for the first time this season after scoring the game-winning goal as a second-half substitute last weekend.

Meanwhile, Dai Lin is expected to keep his starting spot at center back, where he will team up with Jadson once again.

To defend, the visitors are likely to stick with the same back three of Cui Qi, Jores Okore, and Rao Weihui.

Liao Chengjian and Tudi Dilyimit, who both entered the game against Dalian Pro at halftime, are expected to reclaim their starting positions.

Erik scored the team’s first goal of the year in the second half on Sunday, and if he starts on Thursday, the Brazilian will have a chance to score in back-to-back games.

For Shandong Taishan, a starting lineup of D. Wang, T. Wang, Dai, Jadson, Song, Son, Liao, Jin, Moises, Liu, and Fellaini is on the table.

Potential opening day starters for Changchun Yatai:
Tan, Erik, Negao; Cui, Okore, Rao; Liao, Tudi, Li, Zheng;

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